Meditation – Become as the Little Ones.

Paradise.  What if paradise isn’t about getting ahead but rather taking the lowest place?  Recently I watched a puppy play with his human companion. The puppy was in complete bliss.  The puppy wasn’t seeking status or control.  It was content to be with his companion. I often watch children with their parents as they skip down the street.  Adults walk with seriousness and purpose.  Children skip, twist, dance and find joy in the moment.  A friend of mine and I often recite to one another that adulthood is over-rated.  Jesus shared with his disciples that they wouldn’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless they changed and became like a little child. Children had virtually no status when Jesus made that statement. Consider the little ones, the last, the least, the lowly.  In a celebrity-centric culture, who’s willing to be like the little ones?  Who’s willing to be among the last, the least, the lowly?  Paradise awaits.

anthony glenn miller

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There is nothing more yielding than water,  
yet when acting on the solid and strong,  
its gentleness and fluidity  
have no equal in any thing.  
The weak can overcome the strong,  
and the supple overcome the hard.  
Although this is known far and wide,  
few put it into practice in their lives.  
Although seemingly paradoxical,  
the person who takes upon himself,  
the people’s humiliation,  
is fit to rule;  
and he is fit to lead,  
who takes the country’s disasters upon himself. 

Chapter 78 – Tao Te Ching

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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18:1-5